MY METAMORPHOSIS From CHILD RIGHTS to CHILD PROTECTION to CHILDHOOD PROTECTION MOVEMENT…

Our Bi-monthly Child Protection Basics Class held yesterday. We had a great time preaching the Gospel According to Child Protection 9.00am to 5.30pm to 2 streams of participants, eager to learn and put same to practice…

I set the ball rolling yesterday, explaining my metamorphosis to my dear audience…

18 years ago, as I began to find significant help and enduring healing through Christ Jesus from the seemingly insurmountable impacts of child abuses, I started out as a Child’s Rights Actvist, strictly employing the letters of the law and my experiences of bountiful baskets of child abuses to daringly give expression to my passion to bring to the front burner of private and public conscience and consciousness the right and responsibilities of African Child for due respect in the best interest of the Child…

As I progressed in what I believe to be a divine mandate, I began to break new grounds in my thinking. I found that focusing Child’s Rights as a cause is mere activism, which may not proffer enduring solutions for the African Child. I further found that Child’s Rights is a means to achieving an end. Generally speaking, the purpose of fundamental human rights, enshrined in the Constitutions of nations is to achieve respect for the inalienable rights of the citizens. Where the provisions of fundamental human rights does not achieve respect for the rights of the people, it is nothing but a tragic decoration elavated to a an undeserved space in the highest law of the land, the constitution…

In the same vein, I found the spirit and the mandate of Child’s Rights as enshrined in local and international laws is to achieve protection for the African Child. I found with clarity that the pivotal intention of the law and its makers, which established Child’s Rights is to achieve unassailable protection for the African Child, regardless of his/her clan or class. I further found that if the role of Child’s Rights is to achieve protection for children, then the number one responsibility of every caregiver must be to protect the child under their care…

In view of the foregoing discovery, I began to tune the sail of my Child’s Rights commitment in the direction of Child Protection. Using the combined instrumentalities of the law and universal principles of human existence, I began to create solution-oriented social programs and products, aimed at helping and empowering the primary and secondary caregivers to play their number one role in the life of the child, which is to protect the child. At that point I rechristened myself Child Protection Practitioner & Thinker…

As continue in my daily work employing the tool of Child’s Rights to achieve protection for the African Child, experience began to teach me insight that Child Protection is yet not an end. I found that Child Protection from Physical, Sexual, Emotional and Neglect Abuses is far from being an end in itself. It is at best a MEANS! A MEANS to achieve what? Yes, it is a MEANS to achieve PRESERVATION of CHILDHOOD or CHILDHOOD PROTECTION…

I found that until we all understand CHILDHOOD and what it truly represents we cannot be INSPIRED to Protect the Child. I found that abuse of any kind robs the child of CHILDHOOD; that Child Protection must achieve CHILDHOOD PROTECTION. Therefore Child Protection is the means and CHILDHOOD PROTECTION is the end. CHILDHOOD PROTECTION is the VISION and Child Protection is the MISSION. Child Protection is the CALL and CHILDHOOD PROTECTION is the MOVEMENT…

What is are the fundamental characteristics of CHILDHOOD? I think I found 6: CURIOSITY, FREEDOM, JOY, PEACE, INNOCENCE, FEARLESSNESS…

The greatest challenge in Africa today is that many primary and secondary caregivers, saddled with the responsibility of preserving CHILDHOOD were never children before because they had their CHILDHOOD thwarted; I mean that they never experienced CHILDHOOD and therefore they are not able to preserve CHILDHOOD in the children under their care. It is life principle that we cannot give what you do not have…

I submit today, with a renewed vigour that the greatest gift we can give to a child and our world is to preserve CHILDHOOD and transit him/her to complete ADULTHOOD, where he/she is able to take his/her DESTINY and his/her WORLD…

I finally, I found that most unfortunately, CHILDHOOD has gone into EXTINCTION, many years ago and majority of us DO NOT IT…

Today, I, Taiwo Akinlami, sober on my knees on the LORD’S Day declares that as I approach age 45 in a month’s time, I shall by the grace of God dedicate all of myself to helping my continent to leading a MOVEMENT with dual divine mandate: first, to Preserve CHILDHOOD in Children…Second, to Restore CHILDHOOD to the legion of adults, who lost it…

I am Taiwo Akinlami, I lead the MOVEMENT for PRESERVATION and RESTORATION of CHILDHOOD in Africa…

I hope you will join me when I come to your constituency. Do have an INSPIRED week.

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Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (TAE-FUND) Announced

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 is the 1st anniversary of Taiwo Akinlami Child Protection Day, declared to call special attention, through a specified activity/theme to the divine mandate I received 18years ago concerning child protection.

Our activity of focus this year is to raise funds for families, whose children are out of school as a result of loss of spouse, broken home, family financial crisis and other related circumstances. The goal is to fund the education of the children of the recipient family for at least one (1) year. The foregoing fund will be raised under our Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (AE-FUND), which shall also be formally launched on March 24, 2015.

We have as at today identified at least 3 families, whose children are out of school as a result of spouse loss, broken home or family financial crises. The education needs of the children of the identified families for at least 1(one) have been carefully profiled and budgets attached. These families are known as AE-FUND families.

How does our Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (AE-FUND) work? After identifying an AE-FUND family, we seek support according to their education needs from sponsors, who we call the AE-FUND Sponsors. When an AE-FUND Sponsor signifies interest in sponsorship, we send him/her the profile of all the available AE-FUND families from where he/she chooses according to his/her capacity.

When an AE-FUND Sponsor signifies interest in adopting a family for at least 1(one) year, we link the AE-FUND Sponsor with their adopted AE-FUND family. We neither collect funds on behalf of the adopted AE-FUND family nor encourage the AE-FUND Sponsor to give fund to the family. We encourage the AE-FUND Sponsor to release the funds directly to the institution of learning, where the children attend. An AE-FUND Sponsor may also support in kind, where he/she runs an institution of learning and he/she is will to meet the education needs of our AE-FUND families by way of scholarship.

On March 24, 2015, the 1st year anniversary of Taiwo Akinlami Child Protection Day and to mark my 45th Birthday, we shall reach out to at least 3(three) families under our Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (AE-FUND).

As I remain sober on my knees today, I charge you to be part of our Adopt-a-Family Education Fund (AE-FUND) by sending a message, titled, ‘I am an AE-FUND Sponsor’ to ask@taiwoakinlami.com or send an SMS to 234-8033-620-843 and we will send you the profiles of AE-FUND families on our database right now and take it from there.

Dear duty bearer, if you have ever thought about how to support our noble cause, this is a worthy opportunity. If you would like to make my day on my birthday, this is how to do it.
Thank you and do have an INSPIRED week.

Taiwo Akinlami sober on his knees on the LORD’S Day.
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It takes a Village to Raise a Child?

Throughout the week, I have pondered over this age-long saying that it takes a village to raise a child…

While, I do not quarrel with its foundational meaning, that children are raised by all and not necessarily by their biological parents alone, I am tempted to ask a question, which has lingered in mind, what exactly is the village in this context and does the village understand its divine role?

A child is protected by what we call the four rings of protection in this order, family, community, state and international community. Lets us agree that every member of the ring after from the family is the village. What is the number one role of the village? I think, it is to empower the family to play its primary role of protection. The role of the village is not to take over the foundational role of the family as the chief protector of the child. Where the village fails to empower the family and attempts to take over the role of the family, like we have in Africa today, both the family and the village fail miserably and expose the children to untold abuse. Why? The family and the village are completely out of divine order and nothings guarantee woeful failure like attempting to play a role as a person or organization, which you do not have divine enablement for…

It is in the light of the foregoing that we must attempt to do a brief review of the village’s attempt to raise children in place of the family. Also note that the attempt of the village to raise children in place of the family is in some cases with the consent of the family or even at the request of the family.  Cherif and Said Kouachi, responsible for Charlie Hebdo terror attack were orphans raised by the village, called the state of France; The ‘Underwear Bomber,’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Mutalab was raised majorly by the village, called community (boarding school)…

Our research shows that all the men and women, who have been of immense blessings to our world were raised under the protection of the family institution. On the other hand, every man and woman, who have troubled our world were fully or partly raised by the village after the family institution, charged with the primary responsibility of protection fell apart or gives up their primary responsibility…

It is high time we reorder our priorities as a continent. The family must take its divine and exclusive place as the chief protector of our precious children. The village must play its divinely assigned role of empowering the family to play its divine role. The village must look at every area where it is playing the role of the family institution and revert to the divine and original plan. In this counsel and full obidience same that I see a strong present and glorious future for our great nation, Nigeria and endowed continent, Africa…
This is Taiwo Akinlami, sober on his Knees on the LORD’S Day.
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Child-Centred Education: The Marching Order for Today’s Informed Educator:

In the past week, I had the privilege of facilitating at the British Council School Leadership Program for 3 days in Lagos, Nigeria. School leaders converged from as far as Sokoto, Minna, Kaduna, Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, Warri and as close as Ibadan and Lagos.

Disseminating the Module on Child Protection, I opined that today’s educator must as a matter of necessity and priority put the child first. I noted that the concern for the child and his/her immediate and future needs must be the number one interest of the educator and not what the child learns according to a set curriculum that must run its full course, whether it meets the needs of the child or not…

I made the point, most poignantly that education is to bring out to full manifestation the divine deposits in the child, which are of limitless value. Therefore education is made for the child and not the child for education and until education meets the child at the point of his/her physical, mental and spiritual needs, it is awfully misplaced. It an eternal truth, worthy or being reiterated that children do not care how much you know until they how much you care to meet their needs. The point cannot be overemphasised that education begins and ends with making the it suit the child and his/her needs and not the other way round… 

I pointed out reasons why I believe many educators focus more on the learning process than the child and his/her needs:
1. Ignorance of the 21st Century child and his/her basic needs…Thus someone says ‘teachers teach 19th century curriculum to the 21st century children in a 20th century building;’
2. Lack of Child Protection intelligence;
3. Misplaced priority;
4. Self preservation/continuity;
5. Response to popular demands from clients.     

I submitted that when an educator focuses more on the what the child learns than the child and his needs, he/she leaves the child behind. A left-behind does not have a stake in his/her own education and does not cooperate with his educators. He/she only keeps a date with the educators, having been coerced into doing so. The child does not buy into the educators and the system they run and he/she develops hatred and rebels frequently against the system…

As primary and secondary caregivers, what type of educator are you? Do you minister to the head of the child or to the heart or both? Are you like that great shepherd, who keeps one hundred  sheep and would leave ninety-nine behind to find only one, who is missing and does not return until he finds and, lays same on his shoulder rejoicing? Does EVERY CHILD MATTER TO YOU or you are in the very popular business of caring for the MULTITUDE at the expense of the INDIVIDUAL and SPECIFIC needs of the children under your care as primary and secondary educators? Do have an INSPIRED week.
Taiwo Akinlami Sober on his Knees on the LORD’S Day